Today I am excited to kick off the week with a beautiful Intimate Wedding in Cambridge with an Ian Stuart Wedding Dress.
Their vintage inspired DIY Wedding was complimented with a soft pink palette, and an Afternoon Tea Wedding Reception.
Images were captured by Hayley Pettit Photography.
Hayley is a Photographer based in St.Neots for Weddings, Family & Lifestyle Photography, and describes her style as all about creative, natural, alternative, and journalistic.
She works in Cambridgeshire but covers Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Peterborough and surrounding areas, and is also available for international Destination Weddings.
She says of the couple and their day…
“Catherine & Bill’s wedding was, quite simply, beautiful. Family and friends had travelled from as far as Australia to watch them tie the knot at an intimate ceremony in Cambridge.”
“What I loved about their wedding was how everything was so personal to them as a couple, as it was full of sentimental touches and homemade details.”
“The week before the wedding, they had organized a “Crafternoon” in which family and friends assisted with all the homemade decorations that complimented their rustic venue so perfectly.”
“Scattered all around the reception were little hand written quotes from their favourite films and literature.”
“They were romantic, playful and a wonderful reflection of the Bride & Groom.”
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride, Catherine…
How did you meet?
“Bill and I met at work. He was having a super stressful and bust day so I asked him out for a drink – it all started from there!”
“He said I was a star! That is of course, why he married me!”
When did you get engaged?
“Bill proposed to me on my birthday…..in Paris!”
“We’d spent the day walking around the city and had just had an amazing meal at Nos Ancetres de Gaulois.”
“We were walking across a bridge in the moonlight with Notre Dame all lit up in the background when Bill asked me to marry him.”
“It was such a simple and heartfelt proposal – I was so moved that I could only squeak my ‘Yes’.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“Our wedding journey was quite short – we got engaged in February and married in May!”
“To be honest, we were mostly underwhelmed. We had a tight budget and even tighter deadline.”
“The more traditional style venues we visited, the more we saw that we would have to do it ourselves.”
“It was the best man’s wife who suggested The Castle Inn – and it was perfect! Matt, the owner was fantastic.”
“He said yes to our homemade decorations; closed the upstairs venue the afternoon before the big day to allow friends and family to come and help put them up.”
“There were some high spots in this journey though – finding Hayley, making the decorations and Emma at The Tailor’s Cat.”
When did you get married?
“Bill and I were married on Tuesday the 26/05/2015 at the Cambridge Registry Office with our afternoon tea wedding reception held at the Castle Inn.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“I think the highlight of our day was having all our friends and family with us to celebrate.”
“I had family come from my home country of Australia to join us, as well as many other of our friends travelling from all over the UK.”
“Having all of these wonderful people join us helped make our wedding day everything we dreamt it would be.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Don’t be afraid to shop around, do things yourself or think outside the box.”
“No matter what you buy or how much you spend, your wedding day will always be magical.”
Bill – “Naturally, I agree with Catherine has said; our venue and host really helped to set the theme and the saving tip she mentioned helps to invest more of yourself in your once in a life time day.”
“Also, it’s an opportunity to get friends involved in the preparations, making it more memorable and fantastic.”
Thank you so much to Hayley for sharing this relaxed intimate Wedding.
Love the use of stunning artificial flowers for the bouquet, and floral decorations, so pretty, and so real.
The crafting aspect with decorated jars, and lovely quotes on the tables is also a great way to both put your own stamp on the day whilst also being an economical choice.
Catherines Ian Stuart Gown is exquisite and the gorgeous soft pink palette also perfectly compliments the pearls and lace that brings a vintage inspired vibe to the celebration.
Photographer: Hayley Pettit Photography
Ceremony Venue: Cambridge Registry Office
Reception venue & catering: The Castle Inn
Wedding Dress: ‘Cadillac’ by designer Ian Stuart. It’s a beautiful lace 1950s tea dress style gown that made me feel like a queen. I bought my dress and veil from The Tailor’s Cat in Cambridge. I had the back altered and added some sheer sleeves – Emma and her team were just so lovely and they made finding my dream dress a wonderful experience.
Accessories: My whole ensemble was based on a beautiful vintage-style headpiece given to me by a close friend that she’d found in our favourite vintage boutique (Belle Couture) in Saffron Walden. I wore my Mother’s pearl studs and necklace – my Mother passed away in 2011 so it meant a lot to me to wear these. I also had a bracelet that had been given to me for my birthday a few years earlier.
Bill’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt
Decorations: Handmade. Items sourced from Amazon and from friends.
Invitations: Made through Vistaprint (they had a 50% off deal going at the time)
Bridesmaid’s dress: Oasis
Rings: Bill’s was from Catherine Jones and mine were from Amazon (we were planning to get mine made but ran out of time).
Pink sparkly shoes: Amazon
Hair and makeup: Sarah from Finn Jordan in Cambridge
To Contact Hayley Pettit Photography
Phone: 07805 248 792